• Li An Li

The Future of Art

Updated: Jul 27, 2020

Should art become more interactive? Given so many experiences of the everyday life are now online and digitised is that really where art should be focused? Should we be exploring the boundary between entertainment and art? Looking at art that enhances the daily experience.

After visiting several science museums Eureka the art Science Centre in Singapore and the interactive exhibition at Changi airport had exhibitions that engaged the whole physical person in a minature game but also they were installations. I shall describe the exhibitions and then discuss the role I think Art has.

Changi Experience exhibition at Jewel, Singapore

It had projectors with interactive sensors. The participant would stand with an interactive 'pamphlet' and wave it faster and faster 'tunning' a musical instrument. Once all instruments were 'tuned' the music began. It was commissioned work by Hans Zimmer, if you know anything of his work you would know it was momentous. The most spectacular thing was the walls came alive as a moving forest and a swarm of butterflies appeared and danced around the walls like a river, your eye moves around following the butterflies and just like a movie I found myself panning round as the butterflies dispersed I could feel my body stop moving and my vision pan out. It was so intense the experience we stayed and played with it for 30/40 minutes on replay watching and dancing to the fully encompassing environment. It is the most capturing installation I have encountered. Eureka had tried to do a similar thing on a smaller budget.

I do feel that we are coming into a time where interactive art works will become popular, where visitors feel that they want to partake and be recognized as individuals, that their input is important. With so much of society being online the world of shops and physical community seems to be there only for those processes that need physicality. Therefore places like escape rooms, mystery trails, board games and fitness places become popular because it is the only way for face-to-face relational meeting. What if art especially interactive provided a platform on which these experiences could happen in different forms.

The Olafur Eliasson exhibition did just that. It caused an environment in which people could talk, creating a memory, and facilitated play.

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